Zoom webinars: Rights of Nature, Yes on Mpls. Public Safety Charter Amendment, and more

In this blog:

  • Rights of Nature webinar, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m.
  • Yes on 2: Towards Real Community Safety webinar, Thursday, Oct. 21, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Buddhist Action Coalition webinar: Listening to Mother Earth and Honoring Native Voices, Thursday, Oct. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Arrests follow Indigenous-led occupation of the U.S. Dept. of Interior over climate damage

Rights of Nature webinar, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m.

Can the Rights of the Sacred Manoomin Rice help stop the Line 3 pipeline from tribal court? Can tribes and communities come together across several states along a Rivers’ path to become guardians, protecting her right to flow and be free from fossil fuel ? Can the sheer speed of the global Rights of Nature movement shift culture and law to stem the worst impacts of climate change?

Check out the Rights of Nature webinar Tuesday at 1 p.m. Panelists will discuss Rights of Nature, current legal systems that recognize Rights of Nature, and where the movement is headed.

To join the webinar, register here.

Presenters are:

  • Frank Bibeau, Attorney for the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, who has filed the first Rights of Nature lawsuit on Turtle Island to defend the Sacred and to stop the deadly Line 3 pipeline
  • Casey Camp Horinek, traditional drum keeper for the Ponca Pa’thata Women’s Society
  • Yenny Vega Cárdenas, President of the International Observatory on the Rights of Nature (IORN)
  • Pamela Martin and Craig Kauffman, who have documented the global Rights of Nature movement

For more details, click here for the Facebook Event Page.

Yes on 2: Towards Real Community Safety, Thursday, Oct. 21, 7-8:30 p.m.

If you live in Minneapolis, you’ve been swamped with direct mail about the three upcoming Charter amendments. The Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance (MUUSJA) is hosting a webinar this Thursday at 7 p.m. to explain why voters should support Amendment 2, which would take a broader look at Public Safety than just an armed police force.

Register here.

According to an email promoting the event: “The current provisions in the Minneapolis charter were written in 1961 by the Police Federation to protect their interests. These provisions limit the choices for those in emergency situations to call for a potentially armed and violent response by the police or managing the crisis themselves. Creating a new Department of Public Safety would create space for qualified professionals — like mental health responders, social workers, domestic violence and sexual violence advocates, as well as police — to work in collaboration to make all our communities safer.”

Webinar participants are: Yes4Minneapolis Campaign Director Carina Smith, Reclaim the Block’s Lex Horan, and Community Abolitionist and Professor at Hamline University Jason Sole. Their presentations will explain:

  • How our city got here
  • What the amendment will and won’t do 
  • Answers to the tough questions that have been on your mind
  • How to get involved in the final days before the Nov. 2 election

Rev. Kelli Clement will moderate.

Buddhist Action Coalition: Listening to Mother Earth and Honoring Native Voices, Thursday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m.

The Buddhist Action Coalition is hosting “a powerful night where we will learn together how to protect from the poisons of our times by turning to prayer and ceremony.”

Speakers will be: two highly engaged Native women leaders who also are co-Founders of R.I.S.E. Coalition (Resilient Indigenous Sisters Engaging Coalition). Nookomis Debra Topping comes to us from Nagaajiwanaang (Fond du Lac) in 1854 Treaty Territory and Gaagigeyaashiik Dawn Goodwin who joins us from Gaa-waabaabiganikaag (White Earth) in 1855 Treaty Territory.

Registration is required. Register here. For more on the speakers, click here.

Rev. Gentle Dragon Laura Kennedy will be the guest host.

Indigenous environmental activists occupy the U.S. Dept. of Interior

Last week, the Indigenous-led “People Vs. Fossil Fuels” action led to hundreds of arrests in Washington D.C. They were pressuring President Biden to oppose Enbridge Line 3 and other fossil fuel projects.

According to Inside Climate News, one of the actions included “taking over a lobby of the department’s Bureau of Indian Affairs for several hours.” The Bureau is part of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior.

The article quoted Jennifer Falcon, a spokesperson for the Indigenous Environmental Network, who was inside the building.

“People are tired of the United States pushing extractive industries on our communities,” she said. “Our communities are not a sacrifice zone.”

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